Leadership

Correspondence

Issue 6 and Volume 92.

Correspondence A Long Time Service To the Editor: We have the oldest American-LaFrance pumping engine in Kansas. This engine was put in service May 19, 1914. and is still on the job doing its bit. It was overhauled in 1923 and again this year to the extent of new rings and pistons. The photo shows it in action at the Sand Creek Dam. The operator is Elvin Warhurst. 20 years old. the youngest man on the department, and the son of Assistant Chief Ed Warhurst. Though the engine is four years older than the operator, it gets its job done. We believe this pump holds the Kansas record for continuous pumping. In 1923, a cyclone blew down the city water plant and we had to use a pump to supply the Santa Fe Railway trains with water. This was done by dropping a suction in Sand Creek and pumping through…

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